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Southwest District Health meeting canceled after protesters showed up

Posted at 9:36 AM, Jul 15, 2020
and last updated 2020-07-16 19:23:00-04

CALDWELL, Idaho — UPDATE: Protesters interrupted the meeting where a face mask mandate for Canyon County was set to be discussed. The meeting has now been officially canceled and will be rescheduled for sometime next week. A specific day has not been determined as of yet.

Southwest District Health said in a press release that the staff is safe and a crisis response team has been deployed to provide support to staff. The Board of Health says they recognize the need to address the daily increase in COVID-19 cases and the increase in coronavirus-related hospitalizations and deaths in the region.

The board was supposed to hear from local hospitals, SWDH staff and discuss public health strategies for slowing the spread of COVID-19 in today's meeting.

ORIGINAL STORY: The Southwest District Health Board is holding a special meeting on July 16. Board members will discuss public health measures, including mandatory face coverings for counties and communities in its district. Canyon County is located within the district.

The meeting starts at 8:30 a.m. and is being held via Zoom due to COVID-19. In-person attendance is limited to the Board of Health members and key SWDH staff.

Valor Health, St. Alphonsus, West Valley Medical Center and Weiser Memorial will provide updates during the meeting. An increase in meetings will also be discussed during the special meeting.